chapter  5
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Women Take the Lead: Turning a Crisis into an Opportunity for Development

ByPrema Gopalan

Disasters are devastating. An earthquake tears apart the social, political and economic fabric of communities and rents lives asunder. Th e rehabilitation of earthquake-aff ected communities is a challenging task. It calls for vision, innovation, resources and, above all, long-term commitment. Rebuilding lives and livelihoods, together with vital lifesupport systems such as shelter, healthcare, schools, ration shops, water supply, and sanitation may take years, depending on the scale of the disaster.